After the Reformation, Christian denominations were hostile and irreconcilable; their mutual rejection resulted in bloody wars. If you compare the sacred music of Protestant and Catholic composers of that time, you surprisingly find a lot that unites them: both sides apply similar musical styles and set the same texts to music.
The concert project "Da pacem - Verleih uns Frieden" by RIAS Chamber Choir and Capella de la Torre is committed to this idea. Music from the direct Luther period is not performed, but a repertoire from the late 16th and early 17th centuries; a kind of “musical echo” of the Reformation. The works of Catholic and Protestant composers can be heard alternately, including well-known names such as Orlando di Lasso, Heinrich Schütz, Claudio Monteverdi and Michael Praetorius, but also more unknown ones such as Luca Marenzio, Leonhard Lechner and Jacobus de Kerle.
The program includes the musical splendor of the early Baroque polychrome with numerous vocal and instrumental voices, but also simple, small-scale works. Above all is the common desire for peace: "Da pacem, Domine".
Capella de la Torre